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Adelaide – Destination Guide

Sights and experiences

To help you make the most of your stay in Adelaide during your tour of Australia, we’ve put together our pick of the best things to do, places to visit and sights to see while you’re here.

North Terrace

Your sightseeing in Adelaide should really start on its most-loved boulevard, North Terrace. Whether you’re interest lies in art, history, or a combination of the two, North Terrace certainly delivers. It’s here that you’ll find the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens. One you’ve soaked up the culture in the museums and art galleries, soak up the natural beauty of the Botanic Gardens.

Barossa Valley

An optional extra with a Distant Journeys tour, a visit to the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s leading wine regions, is one for you wine-lovers. Here you’ll gain expert insights into the various wine-making processes that take place, as well as for the chance to sample the globally-renowned wines, including the area’s signature Barossa Shiraz variety. For these reasons alone, it should be one of the places you visit while you’re in Adelaide.

Adelaide Oval

Calling cricket and sports fans: add the Adelaide Oval to your “what to see in Adelaide” list as you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of Australia’s most popular sports. The venue itself is regarded as one of the world’s best-looking sports stadiums, and its guided tour features the Bradman Collection, an exhibition celebrating one of the world’s greatest cricketers, Sir Donald Bradman, which includes cricketing photographs and memorabilia from his own private archives.

Kangaroo Island

Get up close and personal to the country’s native animal on Kangaroo Island. A trip here is offered as an optional excursion with Distant Journeys during your stay in Adelaide, and is one we highly recommend. Set to a background of stunning, untouched natural scenery, there are a number of sites on the island where you can meet its various wildlife inhabitants. For example, at Seal Bay you can walk among a sea lion colony, and at the Kangaroo Island Penguin Centre, you can meet cute penguins alongside other marine wildlife.

Wining and dining


Wondering where to eat in Adelaide? We suggest Orana – a delightful contrast to Adelaide’s more conservative fine dining scene. You’ll be intrigued by the evening dinner menu which includes foraged specialities such as green ants, but don’t let the adventurous put you off, we promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. With a top-notch menu and wines perfectly matched to each dish, demand for tables here is high, so book early.

The Daniel O’Connell Pub and Dining

Adelaide has a large number of pubs to visit, but none are quite like North Adelaide’s The Daniel O’Connell. The epitome of what a good gastropub should be, this is the place to go for good food, quality beers and a relaxed atmosphere. Using the highest quality produce available in South Australia, the food is superb and can be washed down with the very best local craft beers and ales.

Mamak Corner

In the market for spicy food? Then you must try the Malaysian restaurant, Mamak Comer. You can smell its authentic fragrant Malaysian dishes simmering away as you walk by, so you’ll find it hard not to go in. Go here for a fun and relaxed dining experience where you can while away the time people watching as you look out onto the streets of Adelaide.

Rigoni’s Bistro

This Italian bistro serves up classic Italian cuisine with elegance and panache. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Rigoni’s menus across the day don’t disappoint. Complemented by an expansive wine list and the smart, impeccable service you expect at any high-end Italian establishment, Rigoni’s Bistro is one eaterie that you can’t miss while in Adelaide.


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